Local voters like LePage, casino and incumbents
Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage and the Oxford County casino proposal were narrow winners statewide Tuesday, but in the Bethel area both cruised to easy victories.
LePage carried all towns and townships here, except for Albany and Newry, which preferred Eliot Cutler.
Overall the Republican’s margin here was a convincing 1768 to 1421.
Local voters also gave their stamp of approval to the casino proposal, with “yes” outnumbering “no” 2,471 to 1,961.
Only Albany and tiny Upton resisted the lure of promised jobs and tax dollars.
In more local races, incumbent Republican Jarrod Crockett cruised to an easy victory in House District 91, earning more than twice the votes of his Democratic challenger, political newcomer Chad McGrew.
In the race for the open State Senate District 14 seat, veteran politicians H. Sawin Millett (R-Waterford) and Democrat John Patrick (D-Rumford) battled it out, with Patrick capturing 55 percent of the district’s vote.
In the Bethel area, however, Millett outpolled Patrick 2,296 to 2,015.
In House District 95, Republican Tom Winsor handily defeated Democrat Russ Newcomb. The district’s two Bethel-area towns, Greenwood and West Paris, followed the districtwide pattern.
In District 92, which includes Andover, incumbent Democrat Matt Peterson defeated Republican challenger Justin Thacker of Andover by a margin of more than 2-1, but Thacker carried his own town 246-192.
In the races for county treasure and register of deeds, Democrats Roy Gedat and Pat Shearman held narrow leads as of The Citizen’s presstime, according the Bangor Daily News website.
Gedat also led in the Bethel area tally, but Shearman narrowly trailed her opponent, Marjorie Risica, here.
On the question of ambulance service, West Paris voted 568-228 to stick with Tri-Town Rescue Service. Greenwood will vote on the matter at a special Town Meeting Monday.
For a town-by-town breakout of local polling results, see this week's print edition of The Bethel Citizen.